Junior cricket fever to hit Border and North-East in the New Year

ALL IN: CAW under-12 coach Aaron West talks to his squad during trials at Lavington Sportsground on Thursday. The age group has been introduced for the first time with matches to be played under new Cricket Australia guidelines.
ALL IN: CAW under-12 coach Aaron West talks to his squad during trials at Lavington Sportsground on Thursday. The age group has been introduced for the first time with matches to be played under new Cricket Australia guidelines.

Twenty-eight teams will battle it out in next month’s North East Region 6 Junior Country Week Carnival.

Officials have introduced an under-12s competition with matches to be the first played under new Cricket Australia guidelines.

The rules include playing on shorter pitches with fielding restrictions and shorter boundaries.

Teams from CAW, Wangaratta and District, Upper Hume (Holbrook, Brocklesby and Tumbarumba) and Wagga will take part from January 8.

CAW chairman Michael Erdeljac said more than 450 players, coaches and umpires would be involved.

“It’s a huge week of junior cricket,” Erdeljac said.

“Matches are going to be played from Wangaratta to Wagga to Holbrook to Mansfield to Tallangatta.

“It’s a massive area that is covered.

“The under-12s will play under Cricket Australia guidelines which is a first in the country.”

Age groups will range from under 12 to 17 with finals to be played on the Friday.